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Major storm could bring flash flooding, mudslides to Southern California

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major Pacific storm moving onshore in California on Saturday morning will bring numerous hazards, including a high risk for flash flooding along the Southern California coast.

Heavy rain will move into parts of the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan regions Saturday morning.

Rainfall rates over 1 inch per hour are expected to move into Southern California early Saturday morning and last through much of the day. The intense rainfall rates could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain in Southern California, especially in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Given the widespread 1 to 3 inches of rain earlier this week in this region, there is a high risk of flash flooding Saturday in Southern California. Additionally, heavy rain could cause mudslides and debris flows, especially in the areas of burn scars.

In addition to the rain, strong winds are expected, with 40 to 60 mph wind gusts expected in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the higher elevations, gusts of 80 mph are possible. This wind could cause downed trees and power lines.

A few more impulses will bring additional rain to the region through the weekend. Through Tuesday, 7 inches or more of rain is possible locally along the California coast and up to 10 feet of snow is possible in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

After a brutal week of cold weather, the Midwest will warm up significantly this weekend. Already on Saturday morning, temperatures are 10 to 30 degrees warmer than they were just 24 hours ago from Kansas to Michigan.

Parts of the Midwest will see temperatures in the 30s and 40s, which is already feeling at least 40 to 60 degrees warmer than it was midweek in areas such as Chicago and Minneapolis.

The mild air will get picked up by a system later in the weekend, and temperatures will be into the 40s to near 50 by Monday from Kansas City to Philadelphia, including Chicago and Detroit.

By Tuesday, the warm air will reach the East Coast with temperatures in the upper 50s and possibly some low 60s in the major Northeast cities. That will be a nearly 50-degree warmup from temperatures Saturday morning in those locations. Additionally, it is looking like the Northeast will have sun most of Tuesday as well, making it the nicest and most comfortable day in weeks for the region.

With this rapid warmup, there will be an increased risk of ice jams and therefore river flooding in the Midwest and Northeast.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/1/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

Charlotte 100, Memphis 92
Boston 113, N.Y. Knicks 99
Oklahoma City, 118 Miami 102
Utah 128, Atlanta 112
Denver 136, Houston 122

Washington 4, Calgary 3
Tampa Bay 1, N.Y. Islanders 0
Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 3
Chicago 7, Buffalo 3
Nashville 4, Florida 1
Carolina 5, Vegas 2
Detroit 3, Toronto 2
Dallas 3, Minnesota 1

Iowa 74, (5) Michigan 59
Bowling Green 92, (18) Buffalo 88
(24) Wisconsin 69, (21) Maryland 61

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Police seize $2M in drugs after trucks tried to avoid border checkpoint

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office(GILA BEND, Ariz.) — Authorities in Arizona announced on Friday the seizure of two massive truckloads of marijuana and methamphetamine worth $2 million and the arrests of three suspects in the case.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday night that detectives saw two trucks avoid a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Gila Bend, about an hour southwest of Phoenix, and drive into the desert with their lights off. Spike strips were placed on the ground ahead of the trucks, which blew out its tires and forced it to a stop.

Four people then got out and ran from the two trucks in an attempt to evade police, the sheriff’s office said. Three of those four men were eventually captured.

When the two abandoned trucks were inspected, police found 3,500 pounds of marijuana and over 220 pounds of meth.

“This seizure is an example of exceptional police work by our deputies and law enforcement partners,” Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a statement. “It is also an example that the demand for drugs continues to be epidemic. Illicit drugs are the most impactful contributor to violence, crime and gang activity that continues to adversely impact our community and our families.”

Ruben Espericueta-Jiminez, 46; Jose Jaime Garcia-Lopez, 30; and Yoni Ontiveros-Torres, 48, were arrested and charged with possession and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale and possession and transportation of marijuana for sale. The fourth suspect remains at large.

Officials also said the trucks the men were driving were stolen and the license plates were fake. All three men were charged with theft of a vehicle as well as the drug charges.

The seizure involved the Maricopa County Drug Suppression Task Force, including detectives from the sheriff’s office and agents from Customs and Border Protection.

It was just last weekend that CBP made the largest fentanyl bust in U.S. history. Agents found about 250 pounds of fentanyl, a highly addictive opioid, at the Nogales Port of Entry, also in Arizona. Nogales is about three hours southeast of Gila Bend.

Juan Antonio Torres-Barraza, who was allegedly also found in possession of about 400 pounds of meth, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute.

President Donald Trump praised that bust on Twitter saying, “Our great U.S. Border Patrol Agents made the biggest Fentanyl bust in our Country’s history. Thanks, as always, for a job well done!”

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Boy Scouts of America welcomes girls into all of its programs for the first time

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By Anthony Ali

Courtesy: Kim Foli(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Olivia Foli, 14, grew up wanting to be in the Boy Scouts like her older brother.

Now she’s going to be able to follow in his footsteps.

Friday marked a milestone in the more than 100-year history of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA): the organization now accepts girls into all of its scouting programs.

Previously, girls were invited to join their male counterparts in four of the BSA’s five scouting programs: Cub Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring.

With the introduction of girls into the Scouts BSA program, girls now have access to every scouting program open to boys. Scouts BSA is geared toward kids between 11 and 17 years old and gives them the opportunity to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The exact number of girls and girls-only troops that were launched within the BSA has not yet been calculated, but a spokesperson for the BSA said that the organization expects to initially welcome a couple of thousand girls. All troops will still be single gender and Scouts BSA is not co-ed, the organization said.

Olivia Foli said that after years of watching her brother, Addison, go off on his monthly scout camping trips, she felt left out.

“I kind of got jealous of him being able to do that every month,” she told ABC News.

Her mother, Kim Foli, is going to be the scoutmaster for the new all-girls troop forming in their community of Gainesville, Florida.

“We will look like and operate like all the other scout troops in Gainsville, but we will be operating on our own — just girls,” Kim Foli told ABC News.

She said that she’s heard a lot of “confusion” and “a lot of people have been concerned” about the move to allow girls into scouting, but in her view, it’s just a move to give girls the same opportunities that many boys have had for years. Her son achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, she said.

“We won’t be camping together,” Kim Foli said of the girls and boys in the BSA. “We won’t be infiltrating boy troops or taking over boy space.”

“Boys still do have their own thing,” she said. “This is just opening up the gates to allow for a new challenge for girls that want it.”

Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive, said in a statement that he “could not be more excited for what this means.”

“Through Scouts BSA, more young people than ever before – young women and men – will get to experience the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness through a time-tested program that has been proven to build character and leadership,” Surbaugh said in the statement.

For her part, Olivia has also been a member of the Girl Scouts, which is a completely separate organization, since she was in Daisies, which is their youngest order.

She’s still a part of the Girl Scouts, and will remain one even as she joins the Boy Scouts of America, noting that “they’re so different.”

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